by Lisa Tome
The employees at Rising Sun Post Office have Matt LaFontaine on their minds.
LaFontaine, a rural route postal carrier, is on medical leave battling cancer.
"We want Matt to know we care," said Postmaster Donna Staley.
Staley, who formerly worked in Conowingo Post Office hosted cancer awareness events for two years while working in Conowingo. She is now bringing that event to Rising Sun.
Staley expressed that she realizes how many lives are impacted by cancer of all types. She said postal customers have inspired her to promote cancer awareness and prevention. She said having an employee in the post office battle the disease has made spreading the word more important.
"We hear a lot about it. The numbers (for cancer) are really high in Cecil County," she said.
Bill Ferguson has worked for the postal service for 14 years, the last eight in Rising Sun. He said cancer has touched his life.
"My stepmom and sister both had breast cancer. This hits close to home for me," said Ferguson. "We want to reach out to the public. And this (selling stamps) is an easy way for us to help fund research.
Ferguson is so committed to the cause that he will be wearing pink on October 11. On that date, Rising Sun post office will host Breast Cancer Awareness Day. "We will do anything we can do to promote it. This affects a lot of women's lives and also their families," said Ferguson.
In the post office lobby, an information center will be set up. There will be literature promoting breast cancer awareness, guidelines for early detection, breast check health cards and more.
They will also be offering breast cancer stamps for sale. The $11 books of stamps offer $9.20 worth of postage. The remaining $1.80 from each sheet of stamps will be donated to breast cancer awareness research causes.